Is War Inevitable
Students engage in a study of the past through the creation of a portfolio. This helps them to track their own progress and it can act as a portfolio assessment tool for the teacher. The history is taken from the school social studies text.
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Fourth of July (Grades 3-5)
Bring history to life for your young scholars with a Fourth of July lesson series. After a class reading of the Declaration of Independence, students translate this pivotal document into layman's terms before working in small groups to...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
George Washington: A National Treasure
Take a closer look at the life and presidency of George Washington with this great set of lesson plans and worksheets. The resource includes a timeline of the president's life and multiple opportunities for primary source and image...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Here you'll find an extensive textbook chapter on Australia's indigenous people and the impact of European settlers on aboriginal tribes. The text includes several images, graphs, primary and secondary sources, follow-up questions, and a...
4th - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What Impact did European Explorers have on the Native American Culture?
Engage your fifth graders in a Socratic discussion on the impact European explorers had on Native American culture. Everything is outlined in a highly structured fashion, from what the teacher does, to what the student does. The lesson...
5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing, science...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Irish Immigration in 1800s “Was the Treatment of Irish Immigrants as Second-Class Citizens Justified?”
Here are a few words you don't hear fifth and sixth graders saying every day; nativism, xenophobia, subversive, and chauvinistic nationalism. As they gather around for a rousing discussion about the treatment of Irish immigrants, they'll...
5th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Teaching Justice: Schooling and the Four Waves of U.S. Immigration
U.S. immigration is the focus of a unit on social justice. Over the course of a school year, young historians read a variety of texts to learn about four waves of immigration that have occurred over time in the U.S. An emphasis on...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History
Gettysburg: The Civil War's Costliest Battle
Students research the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. In this Gettysburg lesson, students analyze journals and letters written by the Gettysburg soldiers. Students define Civil War soldier vocabulary words. Students compare and...
5th - 6th English Language Arts
Dear Miss Breed
This compelling plan based on the letters in the book Dear Miss Breed engages readers in learning what it was like for Japanese Americans following the attacks at Pearl Harbor. After reading the letters, young scholars will partake in...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable